Sorry you won't be in Phoenix this year, Gil. It is always great to catch up with you and see your work.
A bit more progress to report. I've applied the flat coat, in this case Gunze 182, which does even more to harmonize the paint, markings and weathering.
I've also begun working on some of the accessories. For the landing gear the best solution seemed to be lengthening the kit part with Plastruct rod.
First up was adding Bare Metal foil for the wider sections. Then .04mm Albion alloys tube was glued on for brake line guides. From practice I've learned the best way to do this it to apply some Tamiya liquid glue to the gear to give a sticky surface. Then the tube sections were stuck in place and and when dry, a tiny drop of superglue is placed on both sides using a bit of very thin stretched sprue. Sprue seems to hold the glue better than wire. This must be done carefully to avoid filling in the tube. Finally, a length of Detail Master coated wire, with the loop pre-formed, was threaded through the tubes. Sounds easy, doesn't it. Well the number of failures and
re-dos tell me it really isn't.
Here's one gear after its initial coat of RLM 76.
Also in the works are the gear doors. These are the inner doors, made from .010" and .005" plastic sheet.
As always, thanks for following and your compliments.